The always-awesome Shannon Drake adds a great new twist to her bestselling vampire series. By using cross-over characters from her previous books, Ms. Drake is building a complex and intriguing world where loyalties count and alliances matter.

Her grandfather's failing health brings American Tara Adair back to Paris, France. Her cousin, Ann DeVant, reveals that the elderly Jacques DeVant is highly agitated about an archeological dig in the nearby churchyard. He keeps talking about evil and some kind of "Alliance."

Jetlagged and exhausted, all Tara wants to do is get some rest, but the minute she arrives, her grandfather insists she go down to the church to see what is happening.

Attempting to sneak down to the crypts, Tara runs into American site worker Brent Malone. As they stare at each other in the dim light, horrible screams arise from the crypt. Brent realizes that dormant vampire Louisa de Montcrasset has been released back into the world.

Tara fears for her grandfather's sanity when he starts talking about vampires. But the sudden increase in murders and decapitations does indicate that something evil is afoot. Tara senses there is something different about Brent, but she can't quite put her finger on it. She is further confused when Jacques and Brent treat each other like old acquaintances. Is he a part of the "Alliance" that Jacques keeping talking about?

(Oct., 416 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith